MILESTONES: October 31, birthdays for Vanilla Ice, Rob Schneider, Dan Rather
Greetings, Brooklyn. Today is the 306th day of the year.
On this day in 1947, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle front page reported that the city may have to shelve construction on Concord Village, the new urban planning initiative between Adams Street and what is now DUMBO. Although a new law gave banks the green light to underwrite this 968-family housing development, construction prices rose by $3 million. Of course, Concord Village did get built and three decades ago, the complex, consisting of 1,023 apartments spread over 17 buildings, was converted from rentals to co-ops.
On this day in 1862, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle front page provided a listing of union Democratic and Republican nominations and of elections for town elders and councils in the various wards around Brooklyn. This was during the time of the Civil War, and Brooklyn was still its own city. The Great Consolidation would not happen for another 36 years.